The weeks seem to be going by quickly. School is restarting and we are quickly gathering everything they need for the packs. I on the other hand have two girls ages 4 and 2 and only one will be going to preschool this year. I know some of you might say “count your blessings” or “enjoy it”. But the truth is I cannot wait to go school shopping for both my children. I cannot wait to make it fun for them. I cannot wait to let my little one pick out new outfits to wear. And get excited about a new pink binder or cool erasers.
When I was younger, mid August, I would see the first “Back to school” commercial and I would literally get a pit in my stomach. I then would have the constant dread and worry throughout the remainder of summer of what the school year would bring. Why?
Having moved around a lot, being the “new kid” was the norm. I was always the new kid and it never got easier. Walking in the first day, not knowing where you are, not knowing anyone and more so than that but feeling inferior. For me it was about being prepared. I was never prepared for what the school year would bring. Not physically with new clothes, new supplies etc nor emotionally. I had to face it alone and it was scary. I don’t want my girls to ever feel those feelings. I don’t want them to ever feel alone at school and more importantly to feel unprepared.
My four year old starts preschool the first week of September. We have already picked out a day where we will go on a “back to school date” and pick out together everything she will need. I am excited to be able to provide such small luxuries to her and to know that I am doing all in my power to prevent the hardships I endured in school.
Yes I know, I know that school will bring hardships no matter how prepared you are. I agree. No argument there. But even now don’t you feel better going into something prepared? Having planned it all in advance? Had you been told about the hardships you endured in school ahead of time, would you handled them different? I know I would. And I hope she will too.
Here’s to supplying our kid’s physically, mentally and most importantly emotionally of what the school year COULD bring! I’m excited and I LOVE the new Target “back to school” commercial!Preschool here we come!